The Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP) has launched an innovation competition in a bid to accelerate the development and commercialisation of offshore wind.
On 11 September, the project – managed by the Carbon Trust – unveiled its Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition, backed by £1mn from the Scottish government. The competition will select the best ideas that help drive the floating wind market forwards to hit decarbonisation targets and open up a £32bn market opportunity.
It is targeting four key areas in particular: enabling effective and safe major component exchange offshore; developing cost-effective and safe disconnection and re-connection operations when turbine foundations are towed to port; new methods of cost-effective, safe and reliable monitoring and inspection of large numbers of mooring lines, power cables and foundation structures; and new methods, materials or technologies that reduce the cost of mooring systems through easier and safe installation, or reduced maintenance requirements.
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “Given that 80% of offshore resource across the world is in deeper water, floating offshore wind will undoubtedly play a key role in renewable generation in the future. Finding solutions to the key challenges identified as part of the competition will facilitate faster deployment of commercial level floating offshore wind farms, allowing this technology to reach its potential.”